Welcome

Our church celebrates freedom of belief and
welcomes individuals and families of all backgrounds
and faiths. Unitarian Universalism does not advocate
a particular creed. We come together because of our
shared commitment to values and to ways of living,
not to religious dogma. See “What Is UU?” for more
about the long history and tradition of Unitarian
Universalism. The Strafford Universalist Society is
the second oldest in Vermont and fourth oldest in
the nation. Though the society was dormant for
several years in the 1980s and 1990s, we are now
growing again, meeting in the “new” church built in
1833 in South Strafford. We hope you will join us.

Coming Up In June

Sunday, June 3, 10 a.m. Back at our church for the summer!
Never Give Up – Following Our Vision

led by Rev. Telos Whitfield.

“No matter what is happening, no matter what is going on around you, never give up.” Wisdom from Tenzin Gyatso, XIV, Dalai Lama that we can take to heart. There is much to be discouraged and overwhelmed by, so nurturing our courage, hope, and good humor together is vital! We are on this journey together…

Following the service on June 3 will be our Annual Meeting and Potluck at 11:30 a.m.

We will hold our annual meeting and share in a potluck lunch with reports from the past year, decisions to be made and ideas to share. We hope you can stay for the conversations. Everyone is welcome!

A message from our Moderator

Five years ago , prior to the search for a minister that brought us to the wonderful Rev. Telos Whitfield, our congregation held a series of planning workshops to help us describe ourselves to potential candidates for the position, and to articulate our goals for the coming years. Documents resulting for those conversations have guided us and we have accomplishments to celebrate, including improvements to the building , new members, a stronger presence on social media, and support for members when they face life’s tough moments. This past year with the help of Church member Tara Bamford, a professional community planning consultant, we have reviewed and updated the description of who we are and what we hope to accomplish over the next five years.

Click here for the updated plan: Draft Strategic Plan

Please take time to read as we will discuss and adopt this plan at our Annual Meeting after the service on Sunday June 3rd.
John Freitag

Sunday, June 17, 10 a.m.
Loss and Wonder in the Fuegian Archipelago

In this talk, Laura Ogden will use examples from her research in Tierra del Fuego, Chile to explore themes of loss and wonder for Indigenous communities transformed by ongoing processes of colonialism and environmental change in the southernmost village in the world.

News

Click the following link for the latest newsletter:
June 2018 Newsletter Universalist Society of Strafford

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A 2017 UUSC story of hope highlighted the work of
Ursula Rakova, helping her fellow islanders on the
Carteret Islands of Papua New Guinea maintain
dignity and keep their culture alive, in the face of
re-location due to climate change. Throughout its
history, UUSC has advanced human rights and social
justice around the world, partnering with those who
confront unjust power structures and mobilizing to
challenge oppressive policies. Let us continue to be
inspired by this work and support efforts that create
lasting and powerful change.